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About The Blog

As implied within its title, Civil War Notebook, is essentially a virtual notebook, archiving my research into the American Civil War.  At the time being the primary focus of this blog is between February and May of 1862.  Being a native of the great state of Iowa, naturally this blog focuses on Iowa and her soldiers and their regiments, and the battles of Forts Henry and Donelson, and Shiloh.  Now as I am resident of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the focus of this blog sometimes shifts to the Battles of Stones River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Franklin and Nashville.  Since I travel frequently between southern Iowa and middle Tennessee the focus of this blog sometimes shifts, to St. Louis, Springfield, Illinois and other points of Civil War interest in between.  That being said, the above parameters do not limit what may be found in the electric pages of this virtual notebook, as I also have an interest in the events antebellum years and the events that led up to the outbreak of the war.  Wherever my curiosity leads me, this blog will be sure to follow.

The bulk of this blog contains transcriptions from newspapers of the Civil War era, as well as biographical sketches of the war’s participants, letters, diaries, battlefield photographs, and grave stones of Civil War soldiers.  Occasionally I will feature book reviews.  I also have a deep interest in genealogy and this blog will occasionally feature “Notable Kin” posts detailing the sometimes unbelievable genealogical connections between the war’s participants, and other historical figures in the past and the present.

About Me

Hello. My name is Jim Miller. I am soon to be 44 years old and a resident of Murfreesboro, Tennessee where I live with my partner Gregg Hackney. Prior to my moving to Murfreesboro in August of 2003 I formerly lived on the town square of Osceola, a small town doing big things in south central Iowa. I was born there but grew up in Murray, an even smaller town 10 miles to the west where my parents owned a bar, Miller-Time Tap, for 16 years and my aunt and uncle until recently owned Miller's Grocery, a small three aisle grocery store.

In 1987 I and my 25 classmates graduated from Murray Community School. Immediately thereafter I went into the Air Force. After basic and technical training I spent the remainder of my enlistment as a weather observer at Ellsworth Air Force Base, near the Black Hills of South Dakota. I received an Honorable Discharge in June, 1991 and returned home to Iowa.

For nine years thereafter I worked at Murray Products, a division of Dekko Automotive Technologies, a factory that made automotive wiring harnesses. I was a preblocker (a.k.a. sub-assembler), but during the last year and a half I worked there I was moved on to terminating and wire cutting.

During most of my employ at DAT I attended Southwestern Community College where, on May 12, 2000 I received an Associates of Arts degree. I would eventually love finish up my undergraduate education probably at Middle Tennessee State University here in Murfreesboro and I will likely be a double major in English and History.

I started working at sears.com on 25 SEP 2001 as an On-line Care Associate. Just in time for the Christmas season. I am happy to report that I survived my first retail Christmas season and two more. Though a large part of my job was to give customers an outlet to vent, I for the most part, loved my job. But alas, after 9 years at Murray Products and nearly 3 years at Sears, I felt it was time to move on.

Gregg and I met online on November 7, 2002 and 800 emails and 9 months later I moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee the following August. It has been nine turbulent and tumultous years and neither one of us has killed the other . . .  yet.

In July of 2003 I was offered a position as a customer service representative at Verizon Wireless' new call center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee which precipitated my move here. I began working for them on 2 SEP 2003.in their brand new call center devoted to Wireless Local Number Portability.

My interests are quite varied. I enjoy reading and writing.  I love movies, books, and the theater. I also love to cook, but years of living the single life didn't afford me get that much of an opportunity to do it.

And lastly, I am obsessed with genealogy. I have been able to trace my ancestry on several lines back to the 1600's. I am descended from no less than 13 Mayflower Passengers and two American Immigrants of Royal Descent (which goes back to Afranius Sygarius, a Gallo-Roman Colsul who lived in 381 A. D.